Interesting facts about Austria

Can you think of an ideal place in this world for nature extravaganza, adventure sports and scenic beauty?

While there may be many places across the globe, one ideal place that stands apart and provides pleasure to the eyes the most is none other than Austria, the home of Alps.

Austria, officially known as Republic of Austria, is one of the land-locked countries in the European continent. Located in Central Europe, this small country is renowned for its natural beauty and breathtaking landscapes, as it is the home for the Alps Mountains, the great mountain range that runs across Europe starting from this country in the East across to France in the West.

Not only is Alps the only attraction in this beautiful country. Austria is also renowned for the fortresses and grand castles, that stand testimony to their architectural proficiency and grandeur.

Austria is surrounded by Germany and Czech Republic in the northern side, Italy and Slovenia in the southern side, Hungary and Slovakia in the east and Switzerland and Liechtenstein in the west.

The capital city of the country is Vienna. The official language spoken across the country is German and as member of the European Union, the official currency is Euro.

In German language, Austria is referred to as “Osterreich”, which means “Eastern Empire”. True to its name, this tiny beautiful country of Austria was once an Empire in Eastern Europe including the present Austria, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, the Netherlands, Spain, and also parts of Yugoslavia and Italy.

A majority of the total population of around 8.3 million in the country are Roman Catholics, with a small percentage of Protestants and Muslims making up the rest.

The country is one of the richest countries in the world with a per capita income in excess of $43,000 per year, and is ranked 14th in the Human Development Index.

The country has contributed to the world in many different ways. Adolf Hitler, who ruled the German country, was born in this country.

The capital city of Vienna was once regarded as the musical center for the whole of Europe, having produced world-class composers including Mozart. Also the Central Cemetery located in the city is the house for more than 2.5 million tombs, including the one of Beethoven. The number of tombs in that cemetery exceed the number of people living in the city by a big margin.